Who says we have to suffer...to live a healthy happy vibrant life?

Red wine and dark chocolate... might seem decadent...but these guilty pleasures also might help us live longer...and healthier lives. Red wine and dark chocolate definitely improve an evening..but they also contain resveratrol..which lowers blood sugar. Red wine is a great source of catechins..which boost protective HDL cholesterol. Green tea? Protects your brain..helps you live longer..and soothes your spirit.

Food for Thought, the blog, is about living the good life...a life we create with our thoughts and our choices...and having fun the whole while!

I say lets make the thoughts good ones..and let the choices be healthy...exciting...and delicious! Bon Appetit!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Co-Q-10 Effective for Lowering LDL Cholesterol Levels

If you have elevated LDL cholesterol and have trouble tolerating statins I have great news for you!

The journal IUBMB LIfe which reports the work of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology reports that treating healthy people with 150 mg of Ubiquinol (a special form of Co-Q-10) safely and effectively reduced LDL levels by 12.7% after only two weeks!

That's a dramatic reduction for such a short treatment period!

It is important to note that drugs that reduce cholesterol levels can be hard to tolerate, because of the associated muscle pain and weakness and liver toxicity. 

Co-Q-10 is a fat soluble antioxidant that works to protect cells from free radical damage, protects cholesterol from oxidation, reducing risk of blood vessel disease, and supports the production of energy.  You can find Ubiquinol at your favorite natural food store or online. 

Schmelzer C, Niklowitz P, Okun JG, et al. Ubiquinol-induced gene expression signatures are translated into altered parameters of erythropoiesis and reduced low density lipoprotein cholesterol levels in humans. IUBMB Life Jan2011;63(1):42-8.

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